Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Hashira Training Arc Episode 6 Review

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Hashira Training Arc Episode 6 Review

The Strongest Demon Slayer

This review of Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Hashira Training Arc Episode 6 is coming out later than usual. You probably don’t know that. But right now, I’m in a race against the clock to get this review out before midnight.

I could have written it earlier, but I decided to go rock climbing instead. Basically, I did my own training arc, and now it’s time to continue writing about Tanjirou’s training arc. This week, he trained under Gyoumei Himejima, the Stone Hashira. And what’s interesting about him is that he’s been called “the strongest demon slayer.”

What exactly does that mean, though? In what way is he the strongest? I want to assume it’s referring to physical strength. Obviously, he’s the physically strongest of the demon slayers. But I wonder if that title is actually referring to his skill as a demon slayer.

Gyoumei Himejima training in fire from the anime series Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Hashira Training Arc Episode 6
Gyoumei Himejima training in fire

I always kind of assumed that Rengoku was the strongest of the Hashira while he was still alive. And since Gyoumei has kind of taken up the role of the leader of the Hashira, I guess that means he’s the strongest now that Rengoku is gone. But we haven’t seen what he’s capable of.

He’s literally the only Hashira whom we’ve never seen fight. Now that I’m thinking about it, I’m not even sure I know what his sword looks like. I kind of assume it’s just a giant club. Have we seen it yet?

Hopefully, we’ll get to see Gyoumei in action at some point in this season. However, what I didn’t realize until this episode is that this season is almost over. The Hashira Training Arc is only 8 episodes long. The previous two felt short at only 11 episodes each, but this is a whopping 3 episodes shorter!

Gyoumei Himejima’s Training

Surprisingly, Gyoumei’s training might be the most complex of all the Hashira. I say surprisingly because it’s actually very simple. First, demon slayers need to last for two hours (I think) under the freezing waterfall. Then, they need to lift three large logs. And finally, they need to push a giant boulder about 350 feet.

These are all simple tasks — not easy, but simple. However, the fact that there are three of them is what makes this training complex. The other Hashira had the demon slayers (Tanjirou, mainly) perform a single task before moving on.

And this is also the training that’s taken Tanjirou the longest to accomplish. He spent a while training with Obanai before he landed a hit on him. But from what I remember, that was still only a few days. It looked like it took Tanjirou more than a few days to complete Gyoumei’s first task.

Tanjirou training under a waterfall from the anime series Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Hashira Training Arc Episode 6
Tanjirou training under a waterfall

Okay, so the first and second tasks aren’t all that interesting. There’s nothing Tanjirou needs to learn to accomplish them. They’re all about perseverance. The third task is where Tanjirou’s real training under Gyoumei begins. He has to learn a new way of controlling his body and breathing to move the boulder.

I liked how it was Genya who taught Tanjirou what he needed to do here. It was a nice way of keeping his character relevant. And I actually don’t mind him as a supporting character. He’s way better than Zenitsu and Inosuke.

And speaking of Zenitsu and Inosuke, they’re the main reason why I don’t think Episode 6 was very good. There was way too much content of them. They aren’t good characters, and they’re rarely entertaining. I don’t know anyone who likes listening to Zenitsu crying all the time.

Set Your Heart Ablaze!

I’ve definitely said this about episodes from previous seasons. But every time Rengoku’s brought up, it’s a good time. He’s been dead for three arcs now and he’s still the best character the series has. Gotouge peaked early when he wrote Rengoku’s character.

I really can’t wait until Tanjirou becomes a Hashira. I want to see the inevitable comparisons between him and Rengoku. You know it’s going to happen. He already has Rengoku’s flame hand guard on his sword. And yes, I know Rengoku and Tanjirou technically don’t use the same breathing technique. But they’re close enough.

If I remember correctly, Tanjirou uses Sun Breathing, which is the original breathing technique. Rengoku, on the other hand, used Flame Breathing, which is one of the five main breathing techniques derived from Sun Breathing. They both involve fire and look similar, though.

Tanjirou setting his heart ablaze from the anime series Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Hashira Training Arc Episode 6
Tanjirou setting his heart ablaze

Even when Tanjirou becomes a Hashira (he has to at some point), I don’t think he’ll be as good a character as Rengoku. However, I’ll admit that I’ve been liking Tanjirou a bit more in this arc. Before now, I didn’t really like him all that much. He seemed like too much of a generic shounen protagonist.

But there’s something about seeing how he treats the other demon slayers compared to how the Hashira treat them that I like. The way he acts toward them reminds me of Rengoku. Rengoku embodied everything a Hashira should be. And we’re now seeing Tanjirou follow in his footsteps.

I wouldn’t be surprised if Zenitsu and Inosuke also eventually become Hashira. But I don’t see that fixing their characters. And I’m also not sure if I believe they deserve it. Yes, they’re stronger than normal demon slayers and have special breathing techniques. But are they worthy of being Hashira?

Final Thoughts

What do you think of Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Hashira Training Arc Episode 6? Do you think Gyoumei is the strongest demon slayer in terms of slaying demons? How do you think his training compared to the other Hashira’s? And do you think Tanjirou will ever be as good a character as Rengoku?

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My review of Episode 7 is available now.

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